|Joe and Bruces Height of Light, AZ|| |
Joe and Bruces Height of Light, AZ
|Hiking||6.12 Miles|| 6 Hrs 6 Mns ||1.86 mph|
|1,921 ft AEG|| 2 Hrs 49 Mns Break|
|Once upon a time, Joe and Bruce went on a hike into the White Canyon Wilderness.
It was one of their shorter hikes (about 16 miles).
Along the way, they came across a Height of Light that was on a small, nondescript peak.
Bruce said it seemed an odd place for a triangulation mark to be set. [ photo ]
Joe just teased Bruce about him rebuilding the rock pile so the Height of Light would be more stable. [ photo ]
After seeing their photos, I wondered:
Is there a disk under all the rocks supporting the Height of Light?
Are there any reference marks on the little peak?
Oh, so many questions…………..
Well, it’s all their fault that I had to risk my life going through a “cliff band”, in order to hike up there and look around.
If you ever want to go up (or down) that cliff band, do Not use my “up” track to get above it ….. You may die.
However, definitely do use my “down” track, (when going up or down).
My “down” track was about 100 feet away from Joe & Bruce’s “up” - And probably even better than their choice. I certainly wasn’t the first to use it, as there were a couple cairns to guide the way. Actually, what I took for 2 cairns could have been a broken drift fence, to keep cattle off the plateau. Whatever it was, it was a safe way to get ‘through’ the cliff band.
Once atop the plateau, I sauntered over to the Height of Light area.
There it was, still standing proud.
It’s definitely a Height of Light - old and weathered wood, with many wires to hold it firm.
I found no evidence (wood) for a survey platform.
I completely de-rocked the large ‘pile-of-rocks’, holding up the Height of Light, to look for a disk. No disk was found, and no evidence that a disk was ever there.
Sans a disk, I looked for carvings on the rocks beneath the Height of Light, knowing that surveyors sometimes did not use disks, but just carved a cross into a rock to ‘mark’ the survey spot. I found no carved rocks below the Height of Light.
I looked all over the peak perimeter for reference mark disks (or boulders with carved arrows) - None found.
Furthermore, there’s no listing online or on TOPOs, plus an email to me from the USGS, listing all their benchmarks in this area does not include this LAT/LONG.
— (Possible) - Maybe the little bump of a mountain itself, is the “actual benchmark” - Like Smith Peak in the Harcuvars, and Eagle Tail Pk (the ‘mountain top’ itself has a datasheet named “Needles”).
— (Remote) - Maybe there IS a disk there, but underground. However, I see no reason for surveyors to ‘pick-axe’ down to set a disk below the rock surface, especially in such a remote area.
— (Or) - Maybe someone took the little defenseless disk, and expertly covered up their vandalism.
— I have no conclusions - Heck, I’m just a hiker - We need an expert benchmark historian.
In any event, it was a fun hike, (except for “up” the cliff band, when I almost needed to be bubble-wrapped and equipped with a hang glider).
I thank Joe & Bruce for the adventure, even though I failed to locate anything.
It’s all about the journey anyway, and the White Canyon area is very easy on the eyes.
|Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost|